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Papatura Island, off Santa Isabel Island, Central Province, Solomon Islands

" Enjoy Papatura Island Retreat, Solomon's newest holiday destination and Santa Isabel's first world standard tourism project. Relax in your beachfront bungalow with warm tropical waters lapping the white sand beach on metres from your deck. Papatura boasts excellent fishing and awesome surfing, world class reefs for snorkelling, some great tropical rainforest walks and a true culture experience unspoilt by mass tourism. Papatura Island Retreat is your island getaway and is quickly being known as one of the Pacific's most sought after secret spots to step off the map and leave behind the worries of the modern world. Pure isolation.

Our Thoughts on Papatura Island Retreat
Best known for the great surf breaks in the vicinity and the terrific fishing, Papatura Island Retreat also appeals to a much wider clientele as one of nature’s great away-from-it-all spots to relax, unwind and explore. Although Papatura is isolated, the ease of access is a plus if you are not a person who enjoys a long lagoon/sea trip in an open boat to get there.  The boat trip from the closest airport over the bay to Papatura takes 10 minutes-or-so and you’re there.

What you find on arrival is an authentic Solomon Islands-style laid-back little bay-front Retreat built from local materials in the local style where you will be hosted by the Australian managers and their great staff who are all from nearby villages. A more welcoming group of people you would be hard pressed to find anywhere. You will be surrounded by nature – superb coral viewing by snorkelling straight off the beach, several surfing spots where the crowd will only be you and your fellow guests at Papatura, an abundance of sea-life (wales in season) and a host of land-based eco experiences to enjoy.  You will find all sorts of quirky little touches here too; for instance, the “sea bar” a little platform in the bay to rest your drink while enjoying the warm tropical waters at sundown.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the tariff at Papatura Island Retreat and while the freshest of fresh seafood is always on the menu, there is also a variety of other options from which to choose and the drinks are always cold! 

The village is an integral part of the experience to be had at Papatura.  On a village visit, the chief will bid you a warm welcome and the cultural activities and entertainment are those provided only for truly honoured guests. 

A holiday at Papatura Island Retreat abounds with simple pleasures.  The pleasure of living in a “Leaf House” (albeit with a few modern conveniences included), the pleasure of fishing off one of the Retreat’s jetties where, when the fish are biting, good catches can be made, the pleasure of spending a whole day surfing or reading a book from the little library, the pleasure of spectacular sunsets and a night sky blazing with stars, the pleasure of learning to master a stand-up paddle board, the pleasure of exploring the centuries old rainforest and cooling off under a waterfall, but most of all, the pleasure of getting to know Papatura’s people and your fellow guests and rediscovering yourself.

Included in the tariff:
  •  Accommodation
  •  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily
  •  Airport Transfers
  •  Use of Snorkel Gear and Basic Fishing Gear
  •  Use of Surfboards and Stand-Up-Paddle-Boards
  •  Use of Non Motorized Water Activities
  •  Village tour with traditional dance and food tasting 
 - Village Tour operates subject to weather and village availability.
 - Free use of stand-up-paddle-boards subject to charges for any damage. 

Airport Improvement, Transfer and Village Fee
To assist the up-keep and development of the local airport and to enable the local village to share the benefits of tourism in this very remote location, a “Village Fee” is charged for each person staying at Papatura Island Retreat.  The fee is AUD$100 per person (adults and children).  The fee is payable in advance and will normally be collected by us and included in your holiday package price.
Bullet Stay 8 Nights Bonus
Stay at least 8 nights and receive, with compliments of Papatura Island Retreat:
  •  A Megapod Island and WW2 aircraft wreck snorkelling trip.
 - Only stays of consecutive nights qualify.
 - Unused bonus inclusions are non-refundable or transferable.

Your Accommodation OptionsFour different types of bungalows make up a total of 7 accommodation units at Papatura Island Retreat.  All are set amongst the coconut palms and tropical shrubbery, on or very near the beach frontage.  From the veranda of every bungalow there is a sweeping view of the beach, the bay and the magical sunsets. 

All bungalows are built in an authentic Solomon Island style from locally sourced timber and woven palm clad walls and roof, each has timber flooring, a high thatched ceiling which follows the roof line and windows which are woven panels fitted to timber frames which open out from the bottom to let in the breezes while keeping out the rain and close to darken the room if required. Interior lighting is by LED lights.  Beds have high quality mattresses and are fitted with insect nets which drop from the overhead rafters.  Cooling is by standing fans and flow-through ventilation.

In true tropical style, the “living” area of each bungalow is the large furnished veranda out front – a superb place from which to take in the daily action on the bay and to enjoy a quiet evening drink while enjoying the sunset.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Beach Front Bungalows:
There are 2 Beach Front Bungalow rooms.  Each room is separate but guests in both rooms share a spacious, communal veranda.  The decking on the veranda continues on the same level around the sides of each building, joining at the back and leading to a communal bathroom behind in a separate building which contains 2 showers (with rainforest views while showering) and 2 modern composting toilets which are shared by guests in both rooms.    
Maximum Occupancy in each room: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed or 2 Single Beds in each room.
Additional Bedding: 1 additional single bed may be added to each room.

Bullet Loft Bungalows:
The Loft Bungalows and the Family Bungalows have the same tariff structure.
Located 1 on each side of the main jetty on the point of the bay, the 2 Loft Bungalows are a little more private.  Each Loft Bungalow has an ensuite toilet and vanity basins – the delightful, stand-alone, private shower is located outside and comprises a small bamboo-walled shower room with a thatched roof – these showers are quite unique. The loft is a mezzanine floor above the main ground-floor room and is accessed by ladder-style stairs. Loft Bungalows are probably most comfortable for a group of friends sharing or for an active family with adult children.
Maximum Occupancy: 6 guests, but 5 is more comfortable.
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in the loft and 2 Single Beds on the ground floor.
Additional Bedding: 2 additional Single Beds may be added.

Bullet Family Bungalows:
The Loft Bungalows and the Family Bungalows have the same tariff structure.
The newest accommodation type at Papatura Island Retreat, the Family Bungalows offer a modern Melanesian-style with a large open-plan interior, a very big semi-enclosed veranda and an interesting and very pleasant indoor/outdoor ensuite bathroom with a modern shower.  Family Bungalows are ideal for a couple who prefer more space and, for their very reasonable additional charge over the Beach Front Bungalows, provide a great deal more comfort and convenience.  A Family Bungalow feels like a Melanesian-style Suite when occupied by a couple as the sleeping area is up 3 steps from the spacious living area and partially screened by a metre high low wall. Family Bungalows will easily sleep 4 adults or up to 6 for a family with young children. 
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or up to 6 guests if 2 are young children.
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 3 Single beds.
Additional Bedding: An additional Single Bed may be added.

Bullet The Sunset Bungalow:
Privately located on the western end of the island, the Sunset Bungalow is slightly higher spec with opening glass louvres in the sleeping area, an internal ensuite bathroom with a modern shower as well as an outdoor shower room in the style of the Family Bungalows. The Sunset bungalow is also equipped with a small fridge.  Although it is open-plan, there are 3 distinct areas under the one roof.  The sleeping area is partially screened by a low internal wall from the lounge area.  The lounge area contains 2 Day Beds.  The lounge area is also partially screened from the nice big furnished veranda.  External curtains may be rolled down for shelter if required. This bungalow features a slightly raised boardwalk leading off the veranda to a romantic, private mini jetty from which there are spectacular views out over the bay.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (teens or younger)
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen-Size 4 Poster Bed. The 2 Day Beds in the lounge area may be converted for sleeping but are recommended for teens or younger children – not adults.
Additional Bedding: A portable baby cot may be added. 

Getting to and from Papatura Island Retreat
Papatura Island Retreat is located in Solomon Islands’ Central Province and is accessed by Solomon Airlines services from Honiara.  There is usually a single daily flight by Twin Otter or Brittan Norman Islander aircraft between Honiara and Suavanao Airstrip which runs at different times on different days.  Flight time Honiara to Suavanao is 70 minutes.  The return flight from Suavanao to Honiara may stop enroute at Fera Island which adds 15 minutes to the flight time.  At Suavanao Airstrip, guests are met by Papatura Island Retreat staff and transferred on the 8/10 minute fast long-boat crossing to Papatura Island.
Kids Policy
Children are welcome year round.
Bullet Little Kids Stay and Eat Free
Children aged up to 4 years stay and eat free of charge.
Children aged 5 to 15 years enjoy discounted daily accommodation and meal rates.
 - Discounts apply when children share a room with at least 2 adults.

The Retreat has a portacot for a baby (subject to pre-booking and availability)
Babysitting and child-minding are readily available.

Check-in/Check Out
Hotel check-in and check-out times are set around flight arrival and departure times at Suavanao Airstrip on any given day. 

Retreat Cancellation Policy
Bullet A non-refundable A$500.00 per person deposit is required upon booking.
Bullet Final balance is due 45 days prior to guest’s arrival at Papatura Island Retreat. 
Bullet Late payments incur a $30 late payment fee, or may result in 
    cancellation of booking. 
Bullet An amendment fee may be applied for each and every change once 
    deposit is received and reservation confirmed.
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Bookings cancelled up to 45 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee 
    equal to the total deposit required.
Bullet Bookings cancelled within 45 days of scheduled arrival at the retreat incur a 
    cancellation fee equal to 100% of the cost of accommodation and services booked.

The information on this page is correct as at 19 January 2016 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2017.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities:

Bullet All Meals Included in Tariff
Restaurant & Bar

Bullet Sea Bar
Bullet Use of snorkelling gear
Bullet Standard fishing gear  
Bullet Surf boards and Body Boards
Bullet Surfing Transfers

Bullet 5 x Stand-up Paddle Boards
Bullet Canoes
Bullet Paddle board
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet View Boards
Bullet Sailing Cat with lessons if required
Bullet Guided Rainforest walks

Bullet Beach Volleyball
Bullet Games Hut on the Beach
Bullet Table Tennis
Bullet Darts
Bullet Board Games
Bullet Full library
Bullet Fishing Trips

Bullet Local cultural crafts for kids
Bullet Babysitting and Child minding

Bullet Wakeboarding for kids
Bullet Village Visit

Room Facilities:
Authentic Solomon Islands-style

Bullet Insect Screens
Bullet Standing Fans
Bullet Furnished Beachfront Veranda
Bullet LED Lighting